Daily Diary: Waiting for Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012
There is nothing like a summer at the Jersey shore. Living so close to the coast most certainly has its advantages. Unless, of course, a hurricane is predicted to slam directly into you.

Such is the case in my town. We could be a direct hit or Hurricane Sandy could make landfall just to our south or to our north. Either way, we are in for some trouble.

As we made some last minute preparations yesterday, we took some time to survey the situation on the beach.

Some VIPs came to town...

A lone reporter braves the elements while waiting to go on camera.

After we left the beach, we made one more stop to stock up. We do have priorities, after all!

Are you in Sandy's path? How have you prepared for this epic storm?


Fashion: Just Plain Ridiculous Shoes

Friday, October 19, 2012
It's been said that designing shoes is like architecture. As a lover of shoes, I can appreciate that. But the shoes in this video are over the top. Extreme.

Take a look. The shoe is titled Scary Beautiful and is designed by Dutch designer Leanie van der Vyver.

If you think the shoe is crazy, just watch this video of a woman attempting to walk across a room in them.


Have you ever suffered in the name of fashion??

{GIVEAWAY} $30 Gift Card to Picaboo

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
It's that time of year...time to start thinking about your holiday cards. Call me crazy, but I've been thinking about them since July. Seriously. I have. I live for my holiday cards.

Picaboo makes designing and creating custom cards a cinch. From uploading photos, to card creation, to personalization, to ordering, Picaboo makes the entire process a simple and streamlined one. You want a calendar instead of cards? You can make one on Picaboo. You can even make customized photo books, too.

Picaboo offers a variety of holiday cards including Christmas, Season's Greetings, Hanukkah, and Happy New Year. All are available in both folded and flat options and in hundreds of different designs and colors, such as the "Merry Stripes Green" (shown below). There are so many options for personalization.

Don't believe me? Watch this video to see how easy the creation and ordering process is.

I've got a little gift to get you motivated to start your holiday card shopping a bit early!

Pieces of a Mom is giving away one (1) $30 gift card to Picaboo so that you can get a jump on your holiday shopping. Whether it's your family holiday card or a calendars for family members, Picaboo will deliver a keepsake worthy of giving.



HOW TO ENTER (4 possible entries permitted per person):
You have several options, and each will count as one entry (as long as you've followed the specific instructions listed below). This giveaway is limited to US residents 18 years old and older only. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT, October 27, 2012. One winner will be chosen via Random.org and notified by email. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to claim the prize. If winner fails to do so within the allotted time frame, a new winner will be chosen. 

1. {Required} Leave a comment including your name and what you'll order if you win the gift card.

2. {Optional} Follow Pieces of a Mom on Twitter. Leave a comment stating that you do and include your Twitter handle.

3. {Optional} Follow Picaboo on Twitter. Leave a comment stating that you do and include your Twitter handle.

4. {Optional} Tweet the following: "Enter to win @PiecesofaMom's #giveaway: $30 gift card to Picaboo. Order your holiday cards today! http://bit.ly/V79UdX" 


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Disclosure: I received a gift card to facilitate this giveaway. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Tory Burch Supports National Breast Cancer Research with a Limited-Edition Pink Hardshell Phone Case

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Tory Burch, a philanthropist in her own right, is showing her support this month by offering a limited-edition pink hardshell iPhone case. Tory Burch is partnering with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to support the cause by offering this fun and functional phone case.

The durable, hardshell case is designed to fit the iPhone 4/4S. It has a graphic needlepoint print and is a stylish way to protect your phone while supporting a worthy cause.

Tory Burch is donating 15% of the purchase price ($48) of each case purchased to The Breast Cancer Foundation up to a maximum donation of $15,000. BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and transitional research worldwide.

To purchase the limited-edition phone case, visit www.toryburch.com.

For more information on BCRF, visit www.bcrfcure.org.

Wordless Wednesday: Epcot's Spaceship Earth ~ Day & Night

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Spaceship Earth looms large at Walt Disney World's Epcot. The grand structure looks less threatening at night with a peaceful pink glow on it.


{WINNER} $50 Spa & Wellness by Spa Week Gift Card

Congratulations to Erika!! She's the lucky winner of the $50 Spa & Wellness by Spa Week gift card.

Enjoy your spa services, Erika!!

Meal Plan Monday ~ 10.8.2012

Monday, October 8, 2012
This week it's business as usual. After spending a few days in Orlando last week, we need a meal plan which includes structured meals that are not eaten on the go or while waiting in line.

{MONDAY} Chili (using organic, farm-raised beef) for game night. Go Jets!

{WEDNESDAY} Oven-fried chicken tenders with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus

{THURSDAY} Cavatelli with broccoli (my own recipe, but here's a good one to try!)

{FRIDAY} Dinner out!! Emma will be at a sleepover, so the 3 of us will have dinner out.

{SATURDAY} Make our own pizza contest!! This is so much fun. I'll have to post about it.

To see what others are munching on this week, visit I'm an Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday link up. You'll get some fantastic meal planning inspiration to carry you through the week.

{WINNER} Sibu Beauty Facial Cleanser

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Congratulations to Holly!! She is the lucky winner of a bottle of Sibu Beauty Facial Cleanser.

We hope you love the cleanser as much as we did, Holly!

FLASH GIVEAWAY: $50 Spa & Wellness from Spa Week Gift Card!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Spa Week is coming! Spa Week is coming!
Fall 2012 Spa Week is around the corner. This fall, Spa Week will take place from October 15th through October 21st. During Spa Week, select spa and salon treatments are offered at $50. These services include manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, and even Botox treatments. Sweet!

Salons such a Red Door, Life Spa, and Exhale are participating nationwide. You don't want to miss this opportunity to pamper yourself!

Pieces of a Mom is giving away one (1) $50 Spa & Wellness from Spa Week gift card to a lucky reader. But, you've got 48 hours to enter this giveaway. Yes, just 48 hours. So, hurry!


It's easy! Just leave a comment to tell us what your all-time favorite spa or salon treatment is. It's that easy.

Entries must be submitted by Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT. Entrants must be U.S. residents. One winner will be chosen via Random.org and notified immediately. The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If winner fails to respond, an alternate winner will be chosen.

To locate a participating spa or salon in your area, please visit www.spaweek.com for locations and services.

Disclosure: As a member of Spa Week's Hot Mom Squad, I was offered a $50 gift card to giveaway to one reader. I received no monetary compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.